Date: Wednesday 23 December 2020
Our Exeter team has helped to feed and house vulnerable people across Devon this Christmas by pledging £3,000 worth of support to three county charities.
Staff chose to give £1,000 each to foodbanks in Exeter and Plymouth, as well as to St Petrock’s, Exeter's charity for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
Members of the charity committee also created food collection points at our head office in Exeter and the Cranbrook and Sherford developments, on the outskirts of Exeter and Plymouth. Thanks to kind donations from staff, suppliers and customers, vital food parcels were handed over to the two foodbanks prior to Christmas.
Noel Staunton, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, said: “Christmas can be a very tough time for those who are struggling to feed their families or don’t have a roof over their heads. This year has been particularly tough for vulnerable people and our team really wanted to support the local charities that work tirelessly to improve people’s lives.
“While we all wish that need for these charities did not exist, we are nevertheless delighted to be able to support them as they carry out their selfless work in our communities.”
Maria Mills, Project Manager for Plymouth Foodbank, said: “The foodbank has been blessed by support from many businesses and local people, and the increase in donations has more than matched the increase in demand. This means that everyone who has been referred to our service has been able to be well fed and has received a Christmas parcel of goodies.
“Without this support many people would be experiencing a Christmas of hardship and sorrow, so thank you so much for the support.”
Lucy Patrick, External Communications Manager at St Petrock’s, said: “St Petrock’s is delighted to receive this very kind donation from Taylor Wimpey. In a year unlike any other, this money will enable us to continue to support our very vulnerable clients experiencing homelessness through our survival, welfare and housing services.”
Mark Richardson, Manager at Exeter Foodbank, said: “We are delighted to receive this donation. In 2020 our project has had to adapt to extraordinary circumstances and we anticipate the demand growing even more in 2021. Donations like this give us the confidence to plan for the future and the ability to continue to serve the local community even better. Thank you.”